Sunday, October 18, 2009

Birmingham Poetry Reading: Tuesday, 20th October

'Surreal in the City'

Part of Birmingham Book Festival with Salt Publishing and Nine Arches Press poets.

Tuesday 20th October 2009 at 6.45pm, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham.

Readings from Tom Chivers, Luke Kennard, Simon Turner and Matt Nunn.

Through their distinctive and bold poetry, these four poets re-imagine and re-interpret the digital age and the urban spaces in which we live. Their frequently surreal and wry poetry challenges language and poetic form to produce work that responds to the peculiarities of contemporary life and the ever-shifting landscapes it inhabits.

Tom Chivers’ first collection, How To Build A City, won the Crashaw Prize. He has also published a pamphlet, The Terrors , and is Associate Editor of literary journal Tears in the Fence.

Matt Nunn is a freelance writer and workshop leader. He is the co-editor of Under The Radar and Nine Arches Press and has just launched his third collection, Sounds in the Grass

Simon Turner’s collections include You Are Here, and Difficult Second Album, due out in 2010. His work has appeared in Tears in the Fence, The Wolf, and The London Magazine.

Luke Kennard
is an award-winning poet, critic and dramatist. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2005. His latest collection, The Migraine Hotel was published in 2009.

Unbelieveable, but true: tickets for this excellent event are FREE! But please reserve them in advance with the box office - just call 0121 303 2323


Poetry Pleases! said...

Dear Jane

The comments don't need to have anything to do with the posts, do they? (Or is that Modernism?) Just a quick footnote on our mutual hero, Craig Raine. I recently ordered his Literary Essays 'Haydn and the Valve Trumpet' which arrived this morning. I opened the volume at random on page 201 and read this sentence: 'Curiously, another historical murder produces the best moment in Michael Schmidt's otherwise disappointing fourth collection.' Sometimes you just know when you are really going to enjoy a book!

Best wishes from Simon

Michelle said...

Did you manage to find your way there?

If so, looking forward to hearing about it.

Jane Holland said...

Sadly, Michelle, I didn't make it. I was intending to go, right up to the last moment really, but it didn't happen. In fact, I didn't go anywhere that evening, but spent most of it in bed instead. I'm sure I missed a fabulous event. Just couldn't be helped.